Candles & Candleholders for a Luminous Holiday

With dusk falling around 4pm these winter days, it's no wonder our ancestors made candlelight a crucial component of holiday celebrations. Whether you're looking to cluster votives on tables and mantles or to put a taper in each window, here is a roundup of festive options for your very own festival of lights.

Growing up in New England, nothing was more evocative of the holiday season than seeing houses with a candle in each window. With this decoration, electric candles are clearly the way to go, for safety as well as cost efficiency. You can also use decorative votive holders with battery-powered tea lights for a different effect. If you want real candles in your windows, keep them inside a tall candle holder, and don't leave them unattended.

Even a mundane family dinner can get infused with the holiday spirit if you eat by candlelight! Cluster a bunch of votives or put one at each setting for a little romantic lift for your mid-winter meal.

How do you use candles in your holiday decor?

Top Row:
1. Pottery Barn Birch Candles, $12-69
2. Restoration Hardware Ivory Wax Flameless Pillar Candles, $19-45
3. CB2 Smart Candle Tealights, Set of six for $12.95
4. West Elm Mercury Glass Votives, $5
5. Williams-Sonoma Snowy Pinecone Candles, $9.95-14.95

Middle Row:
6. Design Within Reach Tom Dixon Etch Candleholder, $55
7. Crate and Barrel Raj candleholders, $4.95 each
8. CB2 Charlotte Candleholders, $4.95-16.95
9. Smart Candles from the MoMA Store, $28
10. Wisteria Austro Artwork Votive Holders, on sale for $16.80

Bottom row:
11. Nachtmann Glacier Votive Holder from Gracious Home, $15
12. Deepika Tealight Candleholders from World Market, on sale for $3.74 each
13. Maxwell's DIY Clementine Candle.

Images: As credited above.

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